Proposal Title: Oh Say Can We See...The Crane Project, 11/20/2008, Installation
Proposal Synopsis: Origami cranes have long been symbols of long life, and after the story of Sadako became known broadly, they emerged as a symbol of peace in the last half of the 20th century. I am making a crane out of polymer clay to represent the lost life of each American soldier, with the soldier's name, date they died, and where and how they died on the wings....the story of their loss. In addition I am making cranes out of vellum to represent the coalition forces, out of articles about the war to represent the journalists killed in Iraq, and finally, out of waxed paper (with the help of others), to represent the Iraqi citizens.
Too often a memorial will look at only one segment of lives lost. I want people to see, in one space, all the lives needlessly lost in this war. Every life is worth counting and representing, no matter what the viewers nationality might be.
The cranes are being hung on strands, either by week, when known, as for the US soldiers, or simply by number, 100 per strand, for the Iraqi citizens.
Artist's Biography: Judy is a self-taught craft artist working primarily in the medium of polymer clay. She has carved a small niche for herself in the art of folding polymer clay into origami forms. She has also won numerous awards for her jewelry and other work in her medium.